Review: Lenovo K5 Plus Adds up Nicely for a Good Budget Smartphone
Lenovo K5 Plus offers a 4G smartphone at an affordable price point, but should you buy it for that? Read the review
Lenovo’s latest offering in its K series is for the budget conscious consumer. The Lenovo K5 Plus previewed at the Mobile World Congress on Barcelona, this year, is making its first stop in India. Does it manage to make a dent in the fiercely competitive budget smartphone segment which is dominated by the likes of Xiaomi, Meizu, Motorola and even Coolpad? We give you the low-down.
- Dolby Atmos Audio
- Budget Pricing
- Poor Battery Life
- Average Camera
At just 142 grams, this 5-inch device feels light in the hand, and one-hand operation is a breeze. Though the front carries a very generic look with a chrome strip running around the edge, the removable back panel of the smartphone looks nice with curved edges and matte finish.
The smartphone features a crisp full-HD display which is readable under direct sunlight. The 4G-enabled smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor and a 2GB RAM. Though there are smartphones with 3GB RAM available at this price point, the smartphone manages to handle your average tasks without any lag.
Even the gameplay is largely smooth, with rich graphics.
Lenovo K5 Plus falls short on battery backup. The 2,750 mAh battery dies fast on moderate usage, and you need to keep a power-bank or any other power source handy, in case you wish to sail through a day.
The camera, though not terrible, is still disappointing. Though the 13-megapixel rear camera captures natural colours, the images take a pastel look and lose detail in the process. The 5-megapixel selfie camera is better at retaining details and colours.
Why Buy It?
The Lenovo K5 Plus is a decently built smartphone, which feels light in your hands and on your pocket. The smartphone retails at Rs 8,500, settling comfortably between Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 and Redmi Note 3. The reasonable price is a ‘plus’ indeed.
Key Specifications: Lenovo K5 Plus
- Display: 5-inch full HD 1280x1080p display
- Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop with custom Lenovo UI
- Processor: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core SoC
- RAM: 2GB
- Rear Camera: 13MP
- Front Camera: 5MP
- Battery: 2,750mAh
- Price: Rs 8,500
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